WHY IS THE PARKING LOT SUCH A MESS? WHY CAN’T YOU PAVE THE PARKING LOT? These are the questions that are always asked about our “somewhat” muddy parking area. We at NVO embrace our mud! No, not really. A more serious answer to these questions is that our property is bordered by wetlands, which restricts what we can do with our land. As per the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act Regulations 310 CMR, we are at the threshold of the percentage of impervious material, which means we cannot pave our side lot.
WELL, WHY CAN’T YOU FILL ALL THE POTHOLES?
True, that would solve a lot of issue however, in addition to not being allowed to pave the side lot, we are restricted by the Town of Boxborough Wetland Bylaws to alter/fill our land within the wetland buffer zone. Even if this were allowed, the filling of potholes would only last for a few days based on the amount of traffic and amount of moisture in the lot.
Every Fall we try our best to level the parking lot to prepare for the winter. We are experiencing even larger than normal potholes after the heavy snowfall and cold temperatures from last winter. Thanks for your patience!
AAAGH! IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE THE PARKING?
We are trying! We have hired engineers and will be proposing a plan with the Town of Boxborough Conservation Commission this spring and are hoping this process will be complete in time for us to start working on the lot late Summer/early Fall 2015.
In the meantime, we ask our rink visitors, skaters, coaches and guests to follow parking lane rows, and to be aware of the other cars around you. Please do not create your own parking spaces and rows. Please do not block other cars and please do not park in fire lanes. Thanks!!